Web Padawan

Web Padawan

By Mike Jones

Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Back to School

Back to School

Science has proven that no matter who you are, or whatever you do, you are always learning and that is a fact. For me that fact has been reinforced as my first month comes to an end as an Apprentice at Symphony Online, where learning new things is part of the daily routine and anyone around the Symphony Online HQ will tell you the same.

I have found a resource that has helped me greatly upon my first month at Symphony, which is http://www.w3schools.com/. This is a fantastic site, bursting with tutorials on everything you need to know about creating websites.

The site has in-depth tutorials covering the basics such as HTML and CSS as well as PHP, ASP and Javascript. Also on the site information can be found on browser scripting, server scripting, web building and much, much more.

This site can be used as a handy resource for an amateur who is in learning, such as myself, although it can still be used by professional as a refresher guide, as not even the best designer or coder knows everything!

The best thing about W3School however is the fact that the site shows you in a tutorial and then allows you to try it for yourself. Such as with CSS you can experiment how the object is changed due to the different attributes that you apply and for me, I found this invaluable as a learning tool as you are able to interact being a kinaesthetic learner instead of just being a visual learner.

I know for some of you out there it may seem like its teaching you to suck eggs, but if you get a spare moment, then check the site out. Who knows you may learning something new or just reinforce it.


Comments (2)

  • Alex

    09 August 2012 at 13:59 |
    Couldn't agree with this more, if it wasn't for W3Schools I would have most definitely failed college and would never have picked up PHP as quickly as I did. One thing I would add is that it also promotes a good standard of coding, which is also helping you in your fight against web mediocrity.
    • David

      11 August 2012 at 08:05 |
      Cheers for the comment. It is a great resource, it helped form the base of my skills for HTML and CSS when I first started in the web design field, and you are right it is one thing to be shown how to do something and something quite different to be shown how to do it properly. The fight continues!

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